Course Curriculum

Semester wise Course Breakdown

Year I, Semester I

Course Code Course Title

Type

Credit

MSTR500 Dynamics of Structures

Core

3

MSTR501 Advanced Structural Analysis

Core

3

MSTR502 Theories of Elasticity and Plasticity

Core

3

MSTR503 Seismic Hazard Analysis

Core

3

Elective I

Elective

3

Total Credit Hours

15

Year I, Semester II

Course Code Course Title

Type

Credit

MSTR504 Seismic Resistant Design of Structures

Core

3

MSTR505 Advanced Structural Design of Concrete Structures

Core

3

MSTR506 Lab Tests on Concrete/Structures

Core

3

MSTR507 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering

Core

3

Elective II

Elective

3

Total Credit Hours

15

Year II, Semester I

Course Code Course Title

Type

Credit

MSTR508 Advanced Structural Design of Steel Structure

Core

3

Elective III

Elective

3

Elective III

Elective

3

Elective III

Elective

3

MSTR510 Project

Core

3

Total Credit Hours

15

Year II, Semester II

Course Code Course Title

Type

Credit

MSTR511 Research Thesis

Core

15

Total Credit Hours

15

 Elective Courses

  • Students are allowed to take electives in semesters I, II and III
  • They will select one of the following in first two semesters and three in the third semester.

Elective I

Course Code Course Title

Type

Credit

MSTR512 Computer Aided Design and Lab Works

Elective

3

MSTR513 Earthquake Disaster Management

Elective

3

MSTR514 Design of Bridge Structures

Elective

3

 

Elective II

Course Code Course Title

Type

Credit

MSTR515 Finite Element Method

Elective

3

MSTR516 Elements of Non-linear Structures

Elective

3

MSTR517 Elements of Masonry Structures

Elective

3

Elective III

Course Code Course Title

Type

Credit

MSTR518 Advanced Foundation Engineering

Elective

3

MSTR519 Advanced Design of Hydraulic Structures

Elective

3

MSTR520 Advanced Soil Mechanics and Ground Exploration

Elective

3

Students will write a thesis in the fourth semester. However, the thesis work must start from the beginning of third semester, which is in the form of Project.

Detailed Description of Course

  1.   (MSTR500) Dynamics of Structures: Core

Sources of vibration, Equation of Motion, Concept of Dynamic DOF and Constraints, Principle of vibration analysis, Responses of SDOF system to initial conditions, harmonic loading, impulse and step loading, Dynamic Amplification Factor, Numerical integration, Problems related to structural dynamics, Multi degree of freedom (MDOF) system, Dynamic analysis for MDOF system, Continuous system, Introduction to nonlinear dynamic analysis, Fundamental of dynamics, Free and force vibration analysis, Direct integration method for dynamic response

2.     (MSTR501) Advanced Structural Analysis: Core

Review of fundamental concepts, Energy concepts in structures and transformation of information, Hyper-static and mobile structures, Flexibility and stiffness method, Direct stiffness method, Matrix displacement methods, Solution of linear system of equation, Introduction to finite element methods, Sub-structuring techniques and elastic supports, Non-linear solution techniques, Stability analysis

3.     (MSTR502) Theories of Elasticity and Plasticity: Core

Elasticity, Basic equations of theory of elasticity, Analysis of stress and strain, Two dimensional problems in Cartesian coordinates, Two dimensional problems in polar coordinates, Formulation and solution of Elasticity problem, Introduction to plasticity, Yield and Failure criteria, Plastic behavior under plane stress conditions, Stress strain relationship for perfectly plastic materials, implementation in concrete.

4.     (MSTR503) Seismic Hazard Analysis: Core

Seismic hazard, Types of seismic hazard, Vulnerability, Vulnerability assessment, Seismology and earthquakes, Strong ground motion, Seismic hazard analysis, Seismic evaluation, Risk assessment of existing structures, Retrofitting technique, Hazard versus Risk, Seismic risk management, Risk mitigation.

5.      (MSTR504) Seismic Resistant Design of Structures: Core

Seismological background, Behavior of buildings and structures during past earthquakes and lessons learnt, Goals of earthquake resistant design, Combination of gravity and seismic action, multimodal and multi directional response, spectral analysis, Earthquake resistant measures at planning stage, Geotechnical consideration, architectural consideration, irregularities, EQ resistant measures in sloping roof, foundations, general ductility requirements, behavior of concrete and steel confined concrete, Response spectrum analysis, Analysis of shear walls, Non-linear analysis of structures, Strong column weak beam, Capacity based design

6.     (MSTR505) Advanced Structural Design of Concrete Structures: Core

Review of WSM and LSD, Inelastic behavior and ultimate load analysis, Design of special R.C. elements; Design of flat slabs Bunkers and silos, Stack-like structures (Chimneys), Elevated water tanks, Shells, Grid, corbels, hyperbolic structures.

7.     (MSTR506) Lab Tests on Concrete/Structures: Core

Destructives tests: Compressive test of concrete cubes, RC slab testing, Flexure test, Pull out test of concrete. Non- destructive tests: Ultrasonic test, Schmidt hammer test, Rebar detection test

8.     (MSTR507) Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering: Core

Engineering Seismology, Strong ground motion, Soil dynamics, Site specific response spectra, site response analysis, Soil structure interaction, Slope stability, Liquefaction, Seismic analysis of retaining structure

9.     (MSTR508) Advanced Structural Design of Steel Structures: Core

Design of trussed girder bridges and bearing, Cold-formed light gauges steel sections, Multistory steel buildings, Cold-formed light gauges steel sections, Plastic analysis, Plastic analysis and design of portal frames, Limits states in steel design, Concrete-steel composite sections, Design of composite beams, Design of encased steel columns, trussed towers. 

10.   (ITPG533) Research Methodology: Elective

11.   (MSTR510) Project: Core

12.   (MSTR511) Research Thesis: Core

13.   (MSTR512) Computer Aided Design and Lab Works: Elective

Introduction computer systems and facilities, Programming language, Computer graphics, Structural analysis, Design and optimization, Expert system, Data acquisition system

14.   (MSTR513) Earthquake Disaster Management: Elective

General meaning and definition of disaster related terminology, Types, characteristics, and sources of disasters, Concept of disaster cycles (pre, during, and post), Level of disaster and process of declaration, Earthquake as a Disaster, Socio-economic vulnerability, Framework for Earthquake risk management, Disaster management in Nepal, Roles of stake-holders, National policy, Response and recovery, Approaches of disaster management, Disaster and Risk

15.   (MSTR514) Design of Bridge Structures: Elective

Introduction to bridge structures, Site selection and bridge type selection, Fundamentals for design and analysis of bridges, Bridge loading and responses, Method of lateral load distribution in bridge deck, Design of reinforced concrete bridges, Design of composite and steel bridges, Bridge bearing and expansion joint, Design of bridge substructure, Bridge construction methods, Evaluation of existing bridges, Construction and maintenance of bridge

16.   (MSTR515) Introduction to Finite Element Methods: Elective

Introduction to FEM, Discretization of the domain, Variational principles, Ritz techniques, Displacement based finite element method, Iso-parametric elements, Finite element analysis of plate and shell elements, Axi-symmetric stress analysis, Buckling and dynamic analysis, Smaller and general purpose programs, Nonlinear structural analysis, Dynamic problems, Pre and post processing, Application of FEM in civil engineering problems

17.   (MSTR516) Elements of Non-linear Structures: Elective

Introduction to nonlinear analysis, Types and sources of nonlinearities, Vibration theory and analysis of flexural members, Nonlinear analysis of columns, Nonlinear analysis of trusses, Nonlinear analysis of frames, Nonlinear static analysis of plates, Nonlinear vibration and instability, Nonlinear solution procedures

18.   (MSTR517) Elements of Masonry Structures: Elective

History, types and trends of development of masonry structure, Materials and their properties for masonry structure, Strength and deformation of masonry, Reinforced masonry, Structural system of masonry constructions, Composite masonry structure, Behavior or structural properties of masonry members, Masonry structure analysis and design, Masonry arches, Specific problems of engineering and bridging masonry structure

19.   (MSTR518) Advanced Foundation Engineering: Elective

Classification of foundation, Shallow foundations in clay, Flexible analysis of shallow foundations by the theory of sub grade reaction, Deep foundations, Earth retaining structures, Seismic analysis of retaining structures, Bearing Capacity on Slopes, Settlement Analysis of Foundations in Sand and Clay, Settlement of Piles; Pile foundations-vertical and lateral loads; Negative skin friction of piles; Uplift capacity of piles and anchors; Foundations on expansive soils.

20.  (MSTR519) Advanced Design of Hydraulic Structures: Elective

Design procedure for irrigation channels, Irrigation outlets, Canal masonry works,  Principles of design, Use of flow net, Khosla’s theory,  Regulation works, Falls,  Distributory head regulators,  Cross regulators, Cross drainage works, Canal head works, Earth dams,  Seismic design of Gravity dams, Spillways and energy dissipators, Escapes, Trench weirs, Supply channel and head regulator

21.  (MSTR520) Advanced Soil Mechanics and Ground Exploration: Elective

Static and Dynamics strength characteristic of soil, pore pressure, Sensitivity of clay, Shear strength test, Estimate of soil dynamic properties, Boring methods, samplers and sampling methods, Borehole  stabilization, Insitu tests

Text books shall be prescribed as per the faculties’ opinion.